City to make hundreds of thousands off new water agreement

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CORNWALL, Ontario - A new water sharing agreement between Cornwall and its neighbours in Glengarry will net the city $687,000 when the system begins running at full capacity.

City councillors will learn the details of the agreement Monday night when they meet at city hall to consider ratifying the plan.

If the agreement is approved Cornwall would begin sharing its water with both North and South Glengarry. All costs associated with building infrastructure for the new system will be borne by the townships, who will then become customers of Cornwall's water supply.

"The estimated water demand for the initial phase is 982,945 cubic metres per year, growing to 1,616,585 cubic metres over the next 20 to 50 years," reads the city hall report. "Therefore, at today’s rate, revenue would be about $417,000 in year one, and increasing to about $687,000 when the network is extended to all locations."

Drinking water in parts of North Glengarry, specifically Maxville an Alexandria, has been a problem for years.

North Glengarry has spent significant time and resources looking at options to provide a reliable, efficient supply; however, no adequate source within the municipality has been identified. Alternatives were considered to develop a regional system with water supplied from a neighbouring municipality. South Glengarry agreed to partner creating a larger project and lower individual costs although the water volume proposed for the initial phase is approximately 80 per cent for North Glengarry’s use.

The Glengarry regional water system proposes a service area which includes Alexandria, Maxville, Martintown, Apple Hill, Dominionville, Glendale, and Green Valley. Computer modelling of the network determined that Cornwall's water system could supply current and future needs for Cornwall and the regional service area including a possible 580-acre expansion of the business/industrial area in Cornwall north of Highway 401.

Organizations: North and South Glengarry

Geographic location: CORNWALL, North Glengarry, Ontario Alexandria Green Valley

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